Ammo Can Grill

Prepography reader MG recently gave us one more use for the multi-talented ammo can (see Fan of the Can, Top 10 Uses)…an Ammo Can Grill.  I can think of a number of preparedness and recreational uses for this little baby.

Components of the Ammo Can Grill:

  • One Ammo Can (.50 Cal/5.56mm)
  • One Can High Heat Spray Paint
  • Two pieces of grill top
  •  Two tent stakes or heavy wire
Ammo Can Grill Parts

Ammo Can Grill Parts

Steps to make the Ammo Can Grill:

  1. Wash and dry the Ammo Can to remove any residue and prep for painting.
  2. Drill four holes, two on each size to match the diameter of your tent stakes.  Drill the holes close enough to the top of the Ammo Can that the lips on the lid cover the holes when the Ammo Can is closed.  Holes should be located 1-2 inches from the outside of the Ammo Can in parellel so that when the stakes are placed through the holes they’ll hold up the grill top.
  3. Paint the outside of the Ammo Can and lid with your high heat spray paint.
  4.  Cut the grill top to be just slightly smaller than the interior dimensions of the Ammo Can.  This is easily the hardest part of the project and you may want to farm this work out to a buddy that owns the proper tools.  MG used a grinder to create his first two Ammo Can Grills but plans on having a machine shop cut the grill tops if he makes any more.
  5. Gather all your parts, throw them in the Ammo Can Grill, shut the lid and you’re done.  You may want to add some matches, a lighter, a fork or spatula, some tinder or kindling, or candles to the Ammo Can Grill before you close it up.

Caution:  MG says to ‘seasoned’ the Ammo Can Grill by firing it up for at least an hour before using it with food… to burn off any remaining residue.

Using your Ammo Can Grill: (more…)

Fan of the Ammo Can – Top 10 Uses

Even as a child I was a big fan of the ammo can.  The military issue ammo cans are sturdy metal boxes with latched lids that can be used for a number purposes besides their original.  They come in a variety of sizes and shapes but all are designed to be air and water tight thanks to the a rubber gasket and latched lid with friction lock.  Additionally, these boxes each have one or more handles so that they are easy to carry.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the various uses of these boxes since a buddy and I recently got a steal of a deal on two pallets full through Government Liquidation.  Here are the Top 10 uses for your ammo can:

  1. First Aid Kit for a Rafting Expedition:  It’s perfect because it’s watertight and floats…just don’t forget to paint it a bright color so it’s easy to spot along the shore after you flip your raft.
  2. Tackle Box:  One of the most common uses besides that originally intended.  Again, it’s perfect because it’s watertight and floats…but also because it will tend to hold in the stench if you’re using stink bait to catch those catfish.
  3. Letterboxing:  Letterboxing is a hobby that uses GPS or maps to ‘treasure hunt’ with the treasure being a rubber stamp that you use to mark a small book you carry for that purpose.  There are many variations and it’s a great ‘game’ to get children and teens outside and teach them how to use GPS and maps.  Letterbox Caches are usually stored in a weatherproof box and an ammo can is a perfect choice.  Discover more about letterboxing here or here.
  4. Cache:  Need to store something outside and keep it safe and dry…consider an ammo can.  Don’t forget to drop in a desiccant package in case of ‘sweating.’  Wrap the ammunition can in a couple of plastic bags to help protect it from the water…rust is the ammo can’s only real enemy.
  5. Storing Nickels:  James Rawles over at Survivalblog has featured a number of articles about storing nickels in ammo cans.  If you’re wondering why you might want to store nickels read his article here. (more…)

Top 10 Ways To Find Extra Preparedness Money

Prepography contributor Grumpy G and I have had several rounds of correspondence lately discussing budget prepping and prepping when money is tight.  Preparedness doesn’t have to be expensive, but there’s no denying the fact that many facets of preparedness do cost money and with the economy getting tougher and tougher in many areas it sure would be nice to have some windfall or unbudgeted money to put towards your preps.  That got me to thinking about ways the Top 10 Ways To Find Extra Preparedness Money.

With one exception I’ve used each of these techniques to find extra preparedness money at some point.  If you have techniques you’ve used that you can add let us know in the comments:

  1. Garage SaleHold a Garage or Yard Sale:  I hate getting everything together and sitting around the garage all day but it’s a sure way to make an extra couple of hundred bucks in a few days and replace things you no longer use with things that you hope don’t end up in the next garage sale.  Don’t forget to put an ad in the newspaper and make sure to put signs up from the nearest major intersection(s) if your community allows it.  Consider timing your garage sale with your city or neighborhoods annual garage sale and you’ll be even more successful.  If you live outside of town borrow a friends garage or participate in a multi-family garage sale in town for more sales.
  2. Turn the Tables on Amazon:  Did you know that Amazon buys back music, books, electronics and all sorts of other stuff.  You generally make garage sale prices but don’t have to sit in a hot garage all day.  I’ve done this enough that I’m starting to get a better idea of what brings the big bucks and it seems to be collections (anthologies) of books, graphic novels, music and recent electronics.  Amazon pays you in Amazon gift cards which means you can buy just about anything but firearms, ammo or misplaced Russian nukes.  Amazon even pays for shipping.  CLICK HERE if you’d like to learn more.
  3. Join the Reserves or National Guard:  This one takes more than a little more commitment but the pay is good, the cause is honorable and it comes with lots of built in training that has preparedness value.  The education and health insurance benefits are tremendous even for the “Reserve Forces” and will help you prepare mentally and physically for the unexpected.  Reservists and Guardsman typically serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year after initial training.  Contact your local military recruiter for more information.
  4. Take a Part Time Job:  Seasonal work is often available so it need not be a long term commitment.  Some jobs also come with employee discounts that can help stretch those prepping dollars…think hardware stores, grocery stores, gun stores, farm stores, pharmacies or big box stores.
  5. Put Forward Extra Effort at Work:  If you work for tips or commissions think of ways to bring something extra to your customer’s experience.  If you’re a salary-man or woman,work hard and earn that next promotion…if you are an hourly worker volunteer for overtime.
  6. Start or expand a Small Business:  Turn a hobby into a business…even better if its a preparedness hobby.  If you already own a business add a product line, buy out a competitor or move into a new territory.
  7. GunSell a Firearm:  I’m not sure I’m capable of selling a firearm without regretting it…and they almost always appreciate in value but selling a firearm is a great way to make some quick cash because there’s always a buyer.  Make sure you do so legally and consider using an online service like Gunbroker.  If selling a firearm to a stranger make sure you meet safe like the parking lot of your local police station (tell the desk officer what you’re doing and he/she will keep an eye on you).
  8. Buy Wholesale & Sell Retail:  I once bought a couple of pallets of ammo cans from Government Liquidation because it was a cheap way to get the large number I needed.  The extras went into a garage sale or were traded to a local gun shop for store credit.  Make sure you buy what you know and have a good feel for what you can sell it for.
  9. Join a Barter Network:  This is actually the one way to find extra preparedness money (I know…no ‘money’ involved but it has the same end effect) that I haven’t tried but I have cousins that have participated in barter networks for years.  In a barter network you trade your skills or excess capacity from your business for the skills of others (or excess business capacity).  The secret to making the barter networks work is that they aren’t one on one exchanges… you receive a credit for the time/skills or goods you contribute to the network and debits for the time/skills you withdraw from the network.  As an example of how these networks work…my cousins owns a doughnut shop and trade doghnuts for trips, car rentals and meals but you could just as easily barter for preparedness skill training, garden work or fresh honey.
  10. Donate Unused Items to Charity:  This last method takes a little lead time but is much easier than any of the methods listed above.  Round up all your unused items and donate them to your favorite charity and pick up a charity receipt.  Claim the donation when you file your taxes and pay less taxes.  You win, the charity wins and Uncle Sugar is going to borrow three times what you would have paid him anyway so he won’t be doing without…trust me.

These are my Top 10 Ways to Find Extra Preparedness Money…what are yours?

Bug Out Buggy

I’ve received several e-mails since I started Prepography from mature preppers and preppers with limited mobility asking about bug out options in the case of an Electromagnetic Pulse or Coronal Mass Ejection.  I’ve recommended several different solutions over the years to that offer the ability for even those with limited strength to carry a heavy load over miles of rough terrain but I think I’ve found a better solution…the Bug Out Buggy.

While originally designed for sportsmen and women to carry long guns and equipment to and from the field and called the Gun Buggy by its manufacturer…it would be easily adapted into your own personal 21st century pack mule if necessary to bug out or get home while on foot.

The original specs and product video describe the But Out Buggy as:

  • 2 Gun Capacity (rifle or shotgun)
  • 3 Big, all-terrain bike wheels for stability
  • Folds up for easy transport
  • Light Weight Aluminum Frame
  • Padded Handle
  • Foot break to stop rollaways while parked
  • Plenty of room with pockets and a water bottle holder
  • Set up it’s approximately 45 x 24 x 40 1/2
  • Folded up it’s approximately 38 1/2 x 24 x 23″
  • Weighs 21 lbs., 9 ozs
  • Subdued colors and non-reflective materials

If I was setting this baby up for bugging out or getting home in a situation with little or no rule of law I’d:

  • Gun SleeveAdd a couple of heavy duty weather resistant rifle or shotgun scabbards that would obscure the rifle’s silhouettes but let the weapons slide easily out into my hands.  Make sure to select sleeves that can easily be tied down at multiple locations like the molle versions I’ve linked to (get the olive drab because it’ll blend in better than the black shown in the main picture).
  • Add a grab and go backpack (because I’m still pretty strong and mobile) or a couple of heavy duty waterproof totes that fit nicely onto the buggy’s shelves if I couldn’t carry a backpack.  If I was traveling through bear country I’d make sure my food was in a bearproof container like a carefully cleaned ammo can or purpose built container.
  • Use several bungee cords to strap a waterproof tarp or extra ponch around all the gear to keep out the weather but make sure not to hamper your ability to pull your long guns (add pvc pipe inside the bottom of your long gun scabbards if you need to stiffen them…the barrels will slide right in and not bind on your bungie cords).  The tarp and bungie cords will double as your shelter as we described in Building a Poncho Hooch (skip down to ‘Andrew’s Poncho Hooch’ at the bottom).  Make sure to bungee, poncho and/or tarp colors that blend in with your surroundings.
  • For the remaining contents look back at our Building A Bug Out Bag series and be very selective to make sure that everything you pack is worth the weight.

Finally, give serious thought to what your weight carrying limitations are and carry what you can on your body in case you have to abandon your Bug Out Buggy.

Popular on Prepography

Prepography reader ParkRGR asked me what the most popular articles on our website have been.  Below is the list of original articles (not including infographics created by others and military manual extracts) in order of popularity (most all time readers).

1,000 and Counting

This posting represents the crossing of a milestone for Prepography.  There’s not much in this note to help you become more self reliant or better prepared but there’s a lot in the previous 999 articles, notes, infographics and quotes.

That’s right, this is our 1,000th posting!

It’s interesting to see which articles are of the most interest to our readers…it’s not always what I expect.  Some of the articles that take the the most time and effort researching and writing fall flat on their face with only a few hundred views, others which are written in just a few minutes on a topic that crossed my or one of our other writer’s mind or that I wrote for personal gratification only go viral.

To give you a feeling for how truly varied the most popular articles are, here are the Top 100 articles we’ve published in order from most popular to least…if our posts were graded on the curve, these are the top 10%, the ‘A’ work:

Top 10 Items to Buy Before The Election

Top 10 Initial Steps to Preparation

Fan of the Ammo Can – Top 10 Uses

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Diatomaceous Earth

Preparedness Lessons I Learned in Prison

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Garbage Bags

How To Make Moonshine Infographic

Preparedness Alert Code – Alas Babylon

Top 10 Tips for Countering Surveillance While Walking

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of WD-40

Personal CamouflagePrepography Logo

Introduction to Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine

Ultimate Emergency Medical List – Infographic from The Survival Doctor

Online Preparedness Tools and Resources

Best Prepper Caliber?

Less Lethal Weapon Options for Your Bug Out Bag

Tracking The Army Way

Basics of Cold Weather Survival

Cold Weather Canteen Tips – Top 10

The Arsenal of Freedom Circa 1984

Prepper Blood Chit

Top 10 Ways You Know You’re a Prepper

Top 10 Weeds That Heal Infographic

Situational Awareness – An Introduction

Difference Between .223 Caliber & 5.56mm

Am I Too Old to Prep?

Andrew’s Top 10 Preparedness Websites

Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part I

Top 10 Reasons to be a Stealth Prepper

Gunshot First Aid Kit Infographic

The Prepper’s Creed

Preparedness Uses of Baking Soda – Top 10 Uses

Intentional Living

Don’t Be ‘That Prepper Guy’

Top 10 Prepper Mistakes

Legal and Social Norms for Your Security Preps

Buy Your Gun From The Government – The CMP

How to Move Around a Corner During WROL

Ammo Saver Pouches

Observation Skills for Survival

USMC Survival Kit Components

OCOKA – A Key Survival Acronym


Surviving A Nuclear Accident Infographic

Trouble in Store at the Grocery

Why Prep, The Introduction

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Mineral Oil

Why Prep, Part 2 Historical & Current Examples

Top 10 Survival Lessons from World War Z

Prepping with Garage Sales

The Most Important Item In Your First Aid Kit

Snake Eater – How to Field Dress a Snake

Knots a Prepper Should Know

Why Prep

Invitation from Doomsday Preppers

Why Prep, Part 3 Triggers & Stressors

Mike Hoare’s Top 10 Rules of Battle

Top 10 Preparedness Reasons to Carry Cash

Product Review of The Ultimate Preparedness Library

Top 10 Free Steps to Preparedness

Do One Thing For Preparedness

Prepping Consequences of the Election

101 Prepper Resolutions for the New Year

Top 10 Firearms Items to Buy NOW

Beware the Butt Bomb

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Cola

Skills For The Apocalypse Infographic

Preparedness Calendar

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part IV, Food

Andrew J. Jackson – About Me

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part II Transportation

Using a Watch to Determine North/South Infographic

Dakota Fire Pit Infographic

Movement in Urban Terrain during WROL

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part V, Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the Elements

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part VII, Security

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part VI, Communications

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part III, Water

Building a Poncho Hooch

Apply a Tourniquet

Top 10 Inactions That Will Be Taxed Next

Wound Terminology

Top 10 Preparedness Options For Labor Day

The Prepper Compact

Physical Security and the Forms of Protection

Today’s Top 10 It’s Not This It’s That for Preppers

Top 10 Preparedness Gifts for Father’s Day

Prepper SALUTE Report – An Observation and Reporting Tool

Top 10 Personal Protection Measures For Foreign Travel

Preppers Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Deals

Would You Survive Doomsday Infographic

Chemical Attack Survival Skills

Jefferson’s Top 10 Commandments for Living

The Quartermaster’s Report – X CALIBER Shotgun Gauge Adapter System

Today’s Top 10 It’s Not This It’s That for Preppers

Weapons of Opportunity

Ammo Can Grill

Packing a Bug Out Bag, Get Home Bag or Rucksack

Required Reading – When the Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

That’s the list…the top 10%.  I can’t wait to see what the top 100 are from our next 1,000 posts!

Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing…I mean dove hunting for a couple of days.  See you back here on Sunday.  In the meanwhile, enjoy the daily quotes or one of these fine articles or manual extracts from our archives.

Top 10 Initial Steps to Preparation

Fan of the Ammo Can – Top 10 Uses

Preparedness Lessons I Learned in Prison

Preparedness Alert Code – Alas Babylon

Red Collared Dove (Female) I IMG 9674Top 10 Preparedness Uses of WD-40

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Diatomaceous Earth

Personal Camouflage

Introduction to Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine

Best Prepper Caliber?

Basics of Cold Weather Survival

Less Lethal Weapon Options for Your Bug Out Bag

Prepper Blood Chit

Top 10 Ways You Know You’re a Prepper

Situational Awareness – An Introduction

Quartermaster Report: Caltrops?

Andrew’s Note:  The Quartermaster brings us information on cool gear and equipment as well as the availability of cool gear and equipment.  Today’s report is on a very unusual item government surplus item up for sale at Government Liquidation, Caltrops! (more…)


Between a recent tour of Army Reserve duty (with very poor internet access), illness, family injuries and the resulting car shopping I’m a bit behind on my writing.  Everyone is fine but it’s messed with our publishing timetable.

Rather than setting aside some of the more in depth articles I’m working on including an eye prepping and a dental prepping article… I’m going to take a short publishing sabbatical to catch up on my writing and get a head start on additional travel I have to take later in the spring.  Check back 3/28 for a return to our regular publishing schedule.

Thanks for understanding and in the meanwhile enjoy the Quote of Day and/or these best (or at least most visited) of Prepography articles.

Top 10 Most Viewed Prepography Articles (more…)

100,000 Thanks

Prepography reached a new milestone last night, we surpassed 100,000 pageviews since setting up our website seven months ago.  Thank you to all of our loyal readers for our continuing success.  If you haven’t taken the time to subscribe by e-mail or RSS feed, do so (top left of this page) and you won’t miss out on a single preparedness article or idea.

Stay with us as we further explore Full Spectrum Preparedness and introduce two new periodic features, Tools of Tyranny and Tools of Terror.  We’re also working on bringing you additional columnists with appropriate expertise like our newest columnist, Infidel who writes on Security Preparedness and firearms.  My goal is to identify and appoint at least one columnist for each of the remaining Full Spectrum Preparedness Foundations by year end (except Cognitive Preparedness which I’ll handle myself).  I’m casting the broadest net possible so if you are or know of someone right for that role in Food Preparedness, Water Preparedness , Transportation Preparedness, Shelter & Clothing Preparedness, Family & Community Support, Financial Preparedness, Health Preparedness and Communications Preparedness.

Have a preparedness question or tip, use the Contact Page to let us know and if appropriate…we’ll share it with Prepography‘s readers.

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